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Coast Guard asks help in identifying owner of drifting kayak

By Star-Advertier staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:43 p.m. HST, Mar 29, 2014

The Coast Guard is searching for a kayaker who may be missing approximately a half-mile northeast of Kilauea Point on Kauai.

The search was launched after watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Kauai received a call on Saturday regarding an unmanned yellow kayak adrift in the area.

Kauai Fire Department personnel located the kayak, which contained diving gear. Fire rescue personnel conducted a search of the area but did not find anyone in distress.

As of Saturday evening, no one had been reported missing or in distress in the area.

The kayak is approximately 15 feet long with the words "Kayakkauai.com" and "Ocean Kayak" marking the side of the vessel. 

The Coast Guard reminds the public to register and label all watercraft and equipment with contact information so officials can quickly account for owners and prevent unnecessary searches. The Coast Guard offers free "If Found" decals, which can be placed on watercraft.

The decals are available for free at local harbormasters, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices, and select retailers. 

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paniolo wrote:
Why look for the owners? Make the owners look for their kayak/equipment. Too many "false alarms" happening where people just leave their property and don't report it as missing. Coast Guard have better things to do, like REAL searches, instead of looking for people that are too lazy to put their ID on the equipment. Most of the time, the owners are home watching TV or reading the newspaper. That's how they know their property is missing. It should be a requirement when you buy dive gear, kayaks, etc. to have stores or surf shops make you put "If Found" decals on. I'd rather have the CG call the number on the property to see if the owner is missing or safe, instead of going on wild goose chases, spending taxpayers money. I don't like seeing reports of people missing in the ocean, so, the ID can at least verify and make for necessary searches if needed. Come on people, put your contact info on your property. Enjoy the ocean and be safe.
on March 30,2014 | 08:25AM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Enjoy the ocean and be safe" ........... in a wa'a, an outrigger canoe. This is Hawai'i, not Alaska.
on March 30,2014 | 09:29AM
jomama wrote:
Nice Hanalei. Now if one cannot afford a $3,000 Wa`a?
on March 30,2014 | 05:32PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Try $5K and up.
on March 30,2014 | 07:09PM
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